Peter Crouch backs under-fire Pulis

Stoke striker Peter CrouchPeter Crouch believes that Tony Pulis is still the best manager to move Stoke forward.

The Welshman’s position at the helm of the club has been called into question by some sections of their support in recent times, with many fans worried the Potters cannot move forward under his control.

Pulis has enjoyed seven successful seasons in charge at the Britannia Stadium, developing the club into a Premier League force with his direct style of football.

Their physical approach has always been the subject of criticism, but now some fans feel that it is preventing them from challenging for a regular spot in the top half of the table.

However, Crouch does not agree with their opinion, and believes that Pulis is doing a fine job:

“I look around the club and I can see it getting stronger. The squad is improving every year.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.

“It’s true to say that if you look at most clubs that make progress, they find themselves having to sell the players who do best. But the thing is that hasn’t happened at Stoke.

“Look at somebody like Ryan Shawcross, who has signed a long-term contract when people said he might move on, while Steven N’Zonzi has been a real find.

“You can look at the squad and, season on season, it is always better than the year before.”

The England international went on to say that all of the Stoke’s top players are happy and that a lack of high profile departures shows they have full faith in the direction the club are heading:

“If players sense things are not right they will always move.

“That hasn’t happened here and it tells you that the feeling within the group of players is that we can still do a lot more.”

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